Ableton Live 10 ~ Electric

Ableton Live 10 ~ Electric

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Overview

Ableton Live 10’s Electric is a software electric piano based on the classic instruments of the seventies.

No sampling or wavetables are used to create the piano sounds. Instead, through algorithms, Electric mimics famous tuning fork style pianos such as the classic Rhodes electric piano.

For other types of pianos, some type of string or a reed is struck. For Electric, a synthetic mallet is hitting a fork, which is being amplified and distorted by a magnetic coil pickup (much like a guitar).

If you’re looking for a simple electric piano sound, this is your instrument.

Mallet

Stiffness = Adjust the hardness of the mallet’s striking area

// Higher Value = Simulate a harder surface & produce a brighter sound

Stiffness < Velocity = Dynamically adjust the Stiffness value in relation to incoming MIDI Velocity

Stiffness < Key = Dynamically adjust the Stiffness value in relation to incoming MIDI Pitch

Force = Adjust the force of the mallet’s impact on the fork

// Higher Value = Simulates a harder impact of the mallet & fork (slight differences in timbre)

Force < Velocity = Dynamically adjust the Force value in relation to incoming MIDI Velocity

Force < Key = Dynamically adjust the Force value in relation to incoming MIDI Pitch

Noise = Simulates the impact of noise produced by the mallet striking the fork

Pitch = Adjust the pitch of the mallet to fork impact noise

Decay = Adjust the duration of time it takes for the impact noise to fade away

Noise Level = Adjust the overall volume of the impact noise

Noise < Key = Dynamically adjust the Noise amplitude in relation to incoming MIDI Pitch

Fork

Tine bar = Where the mallet hits the fork

Tine Color = Adjust the relative amplitude of the low and high partials in the tine’s spectrum

// Use = Higher and lower values will result in brighter or darker sounding forks

Tine Decay = Adjust the decay time of the Tine’s amplitude as a MIDI note is held down

Tine Level = Adjust the amplitude of the Tine

Tine Level < Key = Dynamically adjust the Tine amplitude in relation to incoming MIDI Pitch

Tone Bar = Tuned metal resonator (produces the pitch of the fork)

Tone Decay = Adjust the decay time of the Tone's amplitude as a MIDI note is held down

Tone Level = Adjust the amplitude of the Tone

Release = Adjust the decay time of the fork’s resonance after a MIDI note is released

Damper

Damper = Mutes or tames the Fork after a MIDI key is released (last bit of resonance, turn fork release up to hear the difference)

Damper Tone = Adjust the stiffness of the dampers, effecting the overall tone

// Lower Values = Simulates a softer damper, producing a darker sound

// Higher Values = Simulates a harder damper, producing a brighter sound

Att/Rel = Adjust when the damper actually gets applied to the fork after a MIDI note is released

// -100 = Damper noise is only heard during the note’s attack phase

// 100 = Damper noise is only heard during the note's release phase

Damper Level = Adjust the amplitude of the Damper noise

Pickup

Pickup = Simulates the behavior of a magnetic coil pickup that amplifies the resonating fork

Type = Toggle between two different types of pickup

// R = Electro-dynamic pickup

// W = Electro-static pickup

Pickup Symmetry = Adjust the vertical position of the pickup in relation to the Tine

// Center = Pickup is directly in front of the Tine, producing a brighter timbre

// 0% or 100% = Pickup is above or below the Tine, producing slightly different timbres

Pickup Distance = Adjust how far the Pickup is from the Tine

// Lower Value = Brings the Pickup close to the Tine, producing an overdriven distorted-like sound

// Higher Value = Takes the Pickup further away from the Tine, Producing a softer sound

Pickup Input = Adjust the amount of the Fork’s signal that is fed into the Pickup

// Higher Values = Produces a more distorted sound

Pickup Output = Adjust the output amplitude of the Pickup

PIckup < Key = Dynamically adjust the Pickup output in relation to incoming MIDI Pitch

Global

Volume = Adjust the overall output volume of Electric

Voices = Adjust the maximum number of voices that Electric will take in at a time (keep high if you’re playing chords with a lot of notes)

Semi = Adjust the overall pitch of Electric by semitones

Detune = Adjust the overall pitch of Electric by cents

Stretch = Adjust the amount of stretch tuning

// Higher Values = Higher notes are tuned sharper, lower notes are tuned flatter (oppo for low values)

Pitch Bend = Adjust Electric's pitch bend range in semitones (MIDI controller or automation

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